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St Ives Old Cornwall Society
“Gather ye the fragments that are left, that nothing be lost.”
Crying the Neck
2.00pm, Wednesday 16th August 2017
Trewey Farm, Zennor, St Ives Cornwall TR26 3DA
Crying the Neck is an ancient ceremony rooted in Celtic Tradition. Before the Great War it was common in the South West and especially in Cornwall. The neck refers to the last shock of corn which is narrowed to be cut. That done the harvest is complete.
The Cornish language words don't refer to the neck but to Penn Yar, the chicken's head, which points to a sacrificial tradition in Cornwall. These words were, I believe, collected in St Buryan, and have been used all over Kernow since its revival in !928 by the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies.
The Ceremony will be performed by Harry Mann, the Farmer, with a commentary from Brian Stevens of St Ives Old Cornwall Society and additional Cornish language content by Mick Paynter.
Followed by service & refreshments in the Village Hall.
For more information: http://www.oldcornwall.net/st-ives-ocs/4576250840